Story by Luke Segota
On the evening of Thurs., Mar. 1, the Warwick Wildcats Girls’ Basketball team played an exciting game against the Washingtonville Wizards in the Class AA semi-finals. Coming off of a 19-1 season, excluding their win against Middletown in the quarter-final game a few days prior, the girls were hot on the heels of victory. Unfortunately, Washingtonville came out strong, scoring the first point and leading through the first quarter at 13-6.
Gaining momentum during the second quarter, the Wildcats were able to tie the score at 19-19. Eventually the first half was another victory for the Wizards, who were very aggressive with the ball. During the second half of the game, Warwick lead the scoreboard, but eventually Washingtonville wound up on top. Towards the end of the fourth quarter, Warwick was the assumed victor.
Leading by over 10 points, Warwick fans in the bleachers cheered optimistically as they saw finals on the horizon. Yet, once the Wildcats had a steady lead, the Wizards managed to turn that around quickly. With only 20 seconds left in the game, five timeouts had been called. Warwick led with 46, but with 15 seconds to go a Washingtonville player hit a three-pointer to win the game, 49-46.
Senior Lauren Desrats still leads the game with an impressive 29 points, teammate Senior Emily Welling with 11. Washingtonville faced off and lost against Kingston on Sun., Mar. 4.